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All John Forslund

from Canes Country,

As everyone knows, Forslund is the television play-by-play announcer for the Carolina Hurricanes and has been with the franchise for 17 years now. He’s done such an outstanding job for the Canes that he has also been called upon to work for Versus and ESPN.

Q. According to Multichannel.com, you have signed on to work for Versus again next year. I was wondering how that agreement with Versus coincides with your commitment to the Hurricanes and FSN?

...This season I’m looking at doing 17 regular season games for them, starting with the October 5th game between Tampa Bay and the Rangers in the Czech Republic, although we will be calling the game from stateside

much more

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Insurance Comes Into Play With Long-Term Deals

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

When negotiations conclude on a long-term contract extension for Carolina Hurricanes superstar center Eric Staal, a process that could end soon, there are two certainties about what that contract will look like.

One, it’s going to be for a ton of money, the most the Hurricanes have ever paid a single player. Two, it’s not going to be for any longer than seven years.

Not because the Canes don’t want Staal around any longer than that—clearly, they do—but because the NHL’s leaguewide insurance plan will only insure player contracts for seven years.

Beyond that, if the player gets hurt, the team is on the hook for the full amount of his contract.

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Canes Hope To Lock-up Staal

from Chip Alexander of Lord Stanley’s Blog,

Carolina Hurricanes general Jim Rutherford said today that the team hoped to sign star forward Eric Staal to a long-term contract in the next week to 10 days.

Rutherford would not disclose the financial figures being discussed, but it is believed Staal could receive a seven- or eight-year contract that will pay him between $7 million and $10 million a year.

“We’re continuing to talk and have talked more of late,” Rutherford said. “I would expect us to get a deal done soon. We’re getting to the point we’re just trying to fine-tune it.”

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Canes Saddened By Death Of Julia Rowe

from Lord Stanley’s Blog,

Hurricanes players and staff members were saddened today to learn of the death of Julia Rowe, the young girl whose battle with leukemia proved so inspiring to the team during its run to the Stanley Cup in 2006.
Rowe, a neighbor of Canes coach Peter Laviolette, was the impetus behind the “relentless” motto that the team adopted during the playoffs.

continued

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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O’Neill Thankful For Tryout

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

Asked if he is a bit calmer and—how best to put it?—a bit more mature than when he left Raleigh in 2005, O’Neill smiled.

“Oh, yeah, that’s for sure,” he said.

(Jeff) O’Neill also said he’s in better shape. He said he began working out this spring at a fitness center in Toronto that specializes in training hockey players.

“I skated and worked out last season,” he said. “Obviously, that’s nothing compared to an NHL season. But [the training] helped me prepare for coming down here.”

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Canes Lose A Season Ticket Holder

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

It wasn’t Erik Cole’s unique combination of speed, size and skill that reminded Deborah Halaby of the son she lost so long ago, although that certainly helped make her a fan of the former Carolina Hurricanes forward.

There was more to it than that, something harder to define about the unspoken braggadocio embodied in Cole’s bull-rushes past flat-footed defensemen and his occasional petulance with the officials that stirred her emotions—and her memories.

“The arrogance—his whole stance,” Halaby says. “Something just clicked. Every time I saw him, it was just Michael. When Erik got hurt and they’d show him on the Jumbotron, my seatmates would look over at me and I’d be crying.”

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Hurricanes Retain Their Own

Craig Custance takes a look at Glen Wesley, Carolina’s new Director of Defensemen Development, at Sporting News Today.

The Hurricanes are building on tradition and are following the example set by Compuware youth hockey, started by owner Peter Karmanos.

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Canes Hope To Erase Last Season

from TBTV,

“It was a challenging year at times. We had some injuries, but we still felt we should have been there and to me, that’s all I’m focused on, trying to help my team get to the playoffs.”

(Eric) Staal readily admits the disappointment of an unsuccessful season isn’t an easy feeling to part with, faced with a summer to stew over what might have been had they managed to win the final game on their regular season slate.

“That’s kind of what everyone’s going to remember coming into camp,” he said. “There’s going to be a lot of guys raring to go and erase that as quickly as possible.”

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All Ron Francis

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

NHL.com: What do you think is the greatest challenge for the NHL today?

RF: “Oh, well, I think the on-ice portion has made some great strides in opening up the game since the lockout season. I have always felt going way back that our League has the best players not only from North America, but from the world. To allow these guys to show off their talents and display what they can do on thin blades with the puck, and force other players in the League to emulate them and elevate their level will make our game better. I have never been a fan of allowing the other players to pull down the more skilled guys, and in the last few years the game has gotten faster and there are plays that people are just shaking their heads at.

On the other side, the challenge will always be keeping that financial balance. The players deserve to make a good living at what they do and the franchises and owners deserve to make money for their investment and risk.

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Hitting The Ice

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

The “official” unofficial practices don’t start for another two weeks. The “unofficial” unofficial practices have been going steady since April, when Brind’Amour started skating by himself a few times a week to rehab the knee injury that ended his season on Valentine’s Day.

“It’s time to pick up the pace a little bit,” Brind’Amour said. “When you’re by yourself, that’s one thing. Passing and going a little harder is the next step.”

Other players started joining him last month, and the ex-Hurricanes still outnumber the Hurricanes, with Brind’Amour and Chad LaRose representing the home team in a group that Thursday included Aaron Ward, Craig Adams, Bates Battaglia (and his younger brother Anthony), Jesse Boulerice and Shane Willis, all of whom live in the Triangle.

read on

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer!

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